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Your table’s waiting in the ‘Cabaret’

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by CommunityEngagement. Tags: , ,
Cabaret Performers Carly Ruda, Alex Cioffi and Brady Wease as “Sally,” “Emcee” and “Cliff”

The Kit Kat Club opens for business Feb. 12-22, so come hear the music play. See UNCG Theatre’s production of “Cabaret” live in Taylor Theatre.

Kander and Ebb’s Tony-winning musical, set in pre-war Berlin as the Nazis take hold, is “one of the masterpieces of musical theater,” says John Gulley, theater professor and “Cabaret” director. “It has a challenging message nestled in an often funny, always compelling, story with beautiful music.”

And the show’s message about taking action against injustice is unfortunately timely now as we witness injustice in other forms, Gulley says. “We always need to be reminded to open our eyes to whatever injustice is around us. Even at the best of times that’s a message we need to remind ourselves of.”

Sally Bowles chooses to keep her eyes closed, despite the best efforts of her friend Cliff Bradshaw to open them. A British singer in Berlin’s somewhat seedy, second-rate Kit Kat Klub, Sally refuses to recognize the growing Nazi threat, and the atrocities that surround her.

“It’s an innocence to experience motif, and Sally chooses to stay innocent,” Gulley says. “And that is ultimately a bad choice.”

“Cabaret” is based on Christopher Isherwood’s book “Goodbye to Berlin” and John Van Druten’s stage adaptation, “I am a Camera.” The story takes place around New Year’s Eve in 1931-32.

Until the Nazi power-grab Berlin was risque, open and progressive.

“Cabaret” is a challenging show, Gulley says, but his cast and crew are up to the challenge. The cast includes Carly Ruda as Sally, Brady Wease as Cliff, and Alex Cioffi as the Emcee; all are undergraduate theater majors.

Denise Gabriel, theater professor, is handling choreography. Justin P. Cowan, a graduate student in music, is musical director.

“We want to bring a degree of honesty and authenticity and truthfulness to it. We can’t play at it,” Gulley says. “It has to be honest, brutal and specific. The message is too important.”

Order tickets online, or call 336-272-0160 or 336-334-4392.

By Michelle Hines
Visual: (l-r) Carly Ruda, Alex Cioffi and Brady Wease as “Sally,” “Emcee” and “Cliff”
Reposted from UNCG Campus Weekly